A mother goes to great lengths to ensure of her daughter's wellbeing; to ensure that her daughter does... what her mother thinks is right for her to do. Whether by introducing a so-called psychological support (rarely asked for and more commonly un-asked for).
Growing numbers of people are becoming aware - and becoming angry - of injustices that are based simply on sex, both in the UK and worldwide. Along with high profile celebrity interventions, social media campaigns driven by young people are bringing these issues to the fore, while on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, taboos that have long remained intact are being broken. Girls' and women's rights are on the radar of politicians, too.
I proudly call myself a feminist, and I am glad the movement has become so popular. But I find it exhausting that you still can't write a flawed female character without people getting up in arms that you are damaging the movement.
Amal Alamuddin Clooney has just accidentally reignited this great debate, after changing her surname. Putting aside the usual dirge of how its every woman's dream to be Mrs Clooney (it's not), she's a fantastic example of how a strong, successful female role model can change her name and it not mean that she is passively submitting to her husband's will.
So it's official - the next Ghostbusters film will be a reboot and it will star an all female cast. Since the announcement, there has been much consternation online and, of course, the old feminist debate has reared its head again with a backlash against the news. This aside though, what about the merits of the actual reboot itself?
Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, someone is being forced into a marriage, someone is being subjected to FGM, someone is being raped and abused, someone is being trafficked, someone is being denied an education, or the freedom to do and say what they want. That someone is likely to be a girl, and it is happening because she is a girl... Gender inequalities in terms of power are deeply entrenched and it will take sustained effort to shift public attitudes.
It is baffling, upsetting and ire-inducing that in 2014 this is still the case, when we don't tolerate discrimination in the workplace against a person's racial or religious background and sexual orientation. If Nadella's 'system' works so fantastically, then surely all female employees should be paid the same as men?
Anyone who has seen the online videos of Dapper Laughs - real name Daniel O'Reilly - will be au fait with the misplaced pride in idiocy and the triumphant doltishness of this arch dunce. His act is a woeful, misogynistic celebration of banter-based cretinism that is sadly having a renaissance among the unenlightened, the confused, the intellectually frightened and the simpleton.
Embracing feminism requires more than labelling oneself as a feminist. The use of the word feminism becomes meaningless unless actions correspond to what the concept seeks to achieve: gender equality.
Sexism at UK universities is not just a cluster of isolated incidents, but a real and present issue that students face nationwide. We go to university to learn, to better ourselves, to progress, but we do not expect to be harassed, objectified and subjected to misogyny...
Although she is absolutely right, not all countries measure gender equality on a pay scale. In many communities in India, for example, a housewife is seen as being of equal value to a breadwinner, or priceless. And for any feminist approach to work effectively in the country, it needs to recognise the distinct values upheld by such cultures.
My conversation with Milin, I've realised, must start here. It's time now to start laying the groundwork that will see him growing up to speak out for equality. ,I want him to do more than his fair share in quashing gender inequalities. I want him to grow up championing the rights of men and women, girls and boys, no matter who they are and where they are from.
It's Black History Month- but from conversations with different people- it would appear that not many people know that it's BHM or even what BHM is. It's tragic that a month, which is designed to raise awareness about African and Afro-Caribbean history- seems to receive little attention and many of who, the month is targeted at aren't fully aware of it.
With a health service that is more under threat than ever, physical fitness is a useful and helpful thing to promote. promote. The more we as individuals can do to look after our own health, the better it will be both for us and for society as a whole.
This feminist rally makes me feel uneasy. Wonderful that equality is being brought to the forefront in such a dynamic manner, but worrying it's being utilised as part of a trend. Worrying that brands - not just Chanel - are using feminism as a way to sell, as if the ideology and movement needs merchandise.
I would never have before said that I was a feminist, but I now realise that being a feminist isn't how it is culturally phrased- that you hate men. Thanks to Emma Watson and her intelligent and insightful words I've had a feminism awakening, hopefully alongside many others, female AND male.